Saturday, June 28, 2014

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales Updates and Stacking the Shelves #66 - The June Edition


I cannot believe that June is over! Yes, it's over!
I need the summer to slow down - school ended this past Thursday and we have a lot of fun stuff planned, including trips to the library and lots of reading time. We really, really needed this long break from schedules and homework - so, can someone please press the pause button, please!!! 

Here's what we got this month!!!

I'm also participating in Tynga's Reviews, Stacking the Shelves :) 


What I received for review...
- THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS (Otherworld #1) (ARC) by Skylar Dorset (YA) from Sourcebooks Fire
- SOME BOYS (ARC) by Patty Blount (YA) from Sourcebooks Fire
- ADAM (PB) by Ariel Schrag (YA) from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- SHIPWRECK ISLAND (ARC) by S. A. Bodeen (MG) from Macmillan
- THE BONE SEASON (PB) by Samantha Shannon (YA/A) from Bloomsbury
- THE NEW COLORED PENCIL (PB) by Kristy Ann Kutch (E) from Crown Publishing (RH)


Swag...
THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE by M. G. Buehrlen (YA) from author
FORBIDDEN by Kimberley Griffiths Little (YA) from author

What I purchased...
- RUIN AND RISING (Grisha #3) (B&N Exclusive Edition HB) by Leigh Bardugo (YA)
- THE SAVAGE BLUE (Vicious Deep #2) (HB) by Zoraida Cordova (YA)
- ELEANOR & PARK (Collector's Edition HB) by Rainbow Rowell (YA)
THE SHADOWHUNTER'S CODEX (HB) by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis (YA)

What I received in trades...
- REBEL BELLE (HB) by Rachel Hawkins (YA)
- EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU (HB) by Nina LaCour (YA)

Gifts...
- THE ETERNITY CURE (Blood of Eden #2) (HB) by Julie Kagawa (YA)
- THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE (HB) by Neil Gaiman (YA/A)

Netgalley...
- THE POSSIBILITY OF US by Lisa Burstein (NA)
- SWEET UNREST by Lisa Maxwell (YA)

Edelweiss...
- MESSENGER OF FEAR by Michael Grant (YA)
- NO PLACE TO FALL by Jaye Robin Brown (YA)

What I'm currently reading...
- THE VAST AND BRUTAL SEA (THE VICIOUS DEEP #3) (eGalley) by Zoraida Cordova (YA)
ADAM (PB) by Ariel Schrag (YA)
THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS (Otherworld #1) (ARC) by Skylar Dorset (YA)
THE NEW COLORED PENCIL (PB) by Kristy Ann Kutch

What's distracted me from reading this month...
- Middle child turned 8!!!
- Baby boy has started to stand by hanging on to things!!!
- Hubs and kiddos working in our garden!
- School is all done!!!
- Squishing on my nephew :)
- And I re-organized my books again, lol!





Thank you for stopping by today!!!
xoxo

Relaunch Blitz: BLUE SKY DAYS by Marie Landry (YA)



by Marie Landry
Release date: January 17th, 2012
Published by: Self-Published
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: eBook


SUMMARY

A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother - studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing - and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn't have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn't know who she is or what she really wants from life. Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn't helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it's time for a change. She leaves home to live with her free-spirited, slightly eccentric Aunt Daisy in a small town that makes Emma feel like she's stepped back in time. 
When Emma meets Nicholas Shaw, everything changes - he's unlike anyone she's ever met before, the kind of man she didn't even know existed in the 21st century. Carefree and spirited like Daisy, Nicholas teaches Emma to appreciate life, the beauty around her, and to just let go and live. Between Daisy and Nicholas, Emma feels like she belongs somewhere for the first time in her life, and realizes that you don't always need a plan - sometimes life steers you where you're meant to be. 
Life is wonderful, an endless string of blue sky days, until Nicholas is diagnosed with cancer, and life changes once again for Emma in ways she never thought possible. Now it's time for her to help Nicholas the way he's helped her. Emma will have to use her new-found strength, and discover along the way if love really is enough to get you through.




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June 27th is the 20th anniversary of my dad’s death from leukemia. For a long time I’ve wanted to honour him in some way, and I thought having the relaunch of Blue Sky Days, a book that was partly inspired by him, would be the perfect tribute. My dad was a wonderful man—smart, funny, kind, and loyal. He was an amazing father, husband, brother, and friend. Even before he died, I knew I wanted to be a writer, and he would listen to my crazy made-up stories with the patience of a saint.
From the 27th-30th of June, half the proceeds from all sales of Blue Sky Days will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. If you already own a copy, maybe you’d consider buying the book for a friend or family member? Or buying another copy from a different retailer (like Smashwords, which offers the book in every format)?

I greatly appreciate the support of the online reading/writing community for helping me honour my dad.





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There will be three (3) $20 PayPal cash prizes. 
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Marie has always been a daydreamer; 
since early childhood she's had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. 
She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, watching copious amounts of TV on DVD, or having grand adventures with her nephews and niece. 
She's a hopeless romantic, an unapologetic eavesdropper (occupational hazard), an equally unapologetic squeeing fangirl, and a lover of swoonworthy book and TV characters. 

For more on Marie and her books please visit http://sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca. She also loves to chat with fellow book lovers, so feel free to tweet her @SweetMarie83 any time.



Friday, June 27, 2014

Blog Tour (Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway): VAMPIRE TROUBLE (Dead in the City #2) by Sara Humphreys (A)


Dead in the City #2
by Sara Humphreys
Expected release date: July 1st, 2014
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Adult Paranormal
Format: Paperback, eBook



SUMMARY

Shane Quesada, a four-century old vampire sentry, is known for cold, unemotional precision when hunting rogue vampires. 

Maya Robertson is a youngling vampire who will not be controlled — and to prove it, she rejects Shane’s protection — only to find herself in over her head with an alpha werewolf.

Soon, a war between the coven and the werewolf clan ignites, and Maya and Shane flee to Louisiana, where their passion for each other grows — as does Maya’s power. When she finds herself at the center of the conflict, will she finally trust Shane with her life — 
and her heart?



EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT #10

 “You’re killing me, woman.” Doug linked his arm around her waist and kissed her cheek, which had her smiling wistfully. “You have got to come back to bed and get some rest.”
“Fine,” Olivia said, feigning an angry tone. She looked back at Shane and gave him a sad smile. “Whatever you do, Shane, go easy. Maya may act tough, but it’s all bullshit. Which is one reason I’m less than thrilled she’s going to work for Rat.”
“No she’s not.” Shane folded his arms over his chest and ignored the smirk on Doug’s face. “I will not allow it.”
“Good luck with that ‘not allowing it’ shit, man.” Doug shook his head. Linking Olivia’s fingers in his, he started pulling her toward their apartment. “That’s a surefire way to piss off any woman, human or vampire.”
“It’s not up to you, Shane, or me,” Olivia said. “Maya is not my property—­she’s my family. She’s got every intention of starting work at Rat’s club tomorrow night, and as you know, I gave her my reluctant blessing.” Shane opened his mouth to protest, but Olivia held up one hand, silencing him. “I am letting her do this because I’m assigning you as her personal babysitter. If it will make you feel better, you can tell her that you’re her bodyguard. And I’m only doing this because the wolves will be hanging out there, okay?”
“Good move, babe.” Doug tried to pull her down the hall, but she held her ground. “Shane can handle Maya. After all, she’s a youngling and he’s older than dirt.”
Shane ignored the jab because Doug was even younger than Maya. His angel bloodline and the bloodmate bond with Olivia had not only made his transformation seamless, but had also fast-­tracked all of his abilities. Doug may have been turned only a few months ago, but he was one of the most powerful vampires Shane had ever met. “I already told her that was the deal, and she’s about as happy about it as you would expect.”
“What about my sentry patrols?” Shane asked out of duty, not because he wanted to be away from Maya. “We can’t leave the city unprotected.”
“Doug can handle things,” Olivia said with a wink to her mate. “Besides, the big concern is the wolves, and they’ll be hanging out at The Dollhouse. We kill two birds with one stone. You can keep an eye on Maya and the wolves at the same time.”
“Bed.” Doug swept Olivia off her feet as she shrieked in protest. “Now.”
“Remember what I said, Shane,” Olivia shouted through a laugh while Doug carried her away. “And don’t let her out of your sight around those wolves.”
Shane watched the czars disappear down the hallway, with Van and Oreo close behind, and his thoughts immediately went to Maya. He opened the door to his apartment and stepped inside, and when the door closed shut behind him, Shane marveled at the silence. His gaze flicked around the large studio apartment with a new perspective. The place was decorated in shades of gray, void of all color, but this was the first time Shane felt the dullness.
Shedding his clothes, he made his way to the queen-­size bed, still unmade from the day before, and slipped between the sheets with one thing on his mind—­Maya. If he got pulled into Maya’s 

dreamscape again, he would do a hell of a lot more than watch. He drifted into a quiet slumber, and as his eyes fluttered closed, Shane hoped for the first time in centuries to dream.

GIVEAWAY

TWO winners will be chosen to win
- A copy of the first book to the Dead in the City series: TALL, DARK and VAMPIRE
- A special 'Dead in the City' bookmark and
- An "I <3 #NYCVamps" button!

Giveaway rules:
- US/Canada only.
- Prize(s) sponsored by Sourcebooks. 
- Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any lost, damaged, etc. prize(s).




ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Sara Humphreys

Sara has been a lover of both the paranormal and romance novels for years. Her sci-fi/fantasy/romance obsession began years ago with the TV Series STAR TREK and an enormous crush on Captain Kirk. That sci-fi obsession soon evolved into the love of all types of fantasy/paranormal; vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and of course shape shifters. 

Sara is married to her college sweetheart, Will. They live in New York with their 4 boys. 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blog Tour (Review): DEADWOOD by Kell Andrews (MG)


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by Kell Andrews
Release date: June 24th, 2014
Published by: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: Middle Grade
Format: Paperback
Format read: A paperback from the publisher for an honest review. 


SUMMARY

Sometimes a lucky ritual becomes a curse. Seventh-grader Martin Cruz hates his rotten new town, Lower Brynwood, but with his mom fighting a war in Afghanistan, he has no other choice but to live with his crazy aunt. Then he gets a message from a tree telling him it's cursed--and so is he.

It's not just any tree either, it's the Spirit Tree, an ancient beech the football team carves for good luck before the season opener. But every year they lose. Now the Spirit Tree is dying, and the other trees in the park are toppling around it like dominoes. The town is plagued with unexplainable accidents and people begin to fade, drained of life. Martin must team up with a know-it-all soccer star, Hannah Vaughan, if he has any chance of breaking the curse. 

If they fail to save the Spirit Tree, it could mean the destruction of Lower Brynwood and a permanent case of bad luck.





MY REVIEW

A fast-paced, enjoyable, contemporary fantasy that upper middle graders will truly enjoy!

Martin is a strong, determined teen who was sent to live with his mother's cousin while she's deployed. Martin does his best to stay out of his "Aunt" Michele's way, and tries to get by on her strict regimes of eating healthy and living life to their full "brain-power" potential. He's a runner and trains as often as he can, determined to complete any marathon as long as his mother can do it with him.
On his first run through Lower Brynwood aka Deadwood, he runs into a group of people performing a school ritual on a tree. He is angered that they've been damaging this poor tree for many years and tries to stop it - but what can one little teen do against a whole high school football team?
After they're done, Martin is left alone with the tree and meets Hannah. Hannah is a tomboyish girl who has lived in Lower Brynwood her whole life and knows all about the Spirit Tree and most of what happens in the town. While they're standing under the tree, an unexpected storm drops in and lightening hits the tree. While they stare at the tree and watch it light up from the inside, the carvings start to light up, letter by letter, delivering a message to them. An unbelievable scary message - the town is cursed.

Against their will, Martin and Hannah team up to figure out the Spirit Tree's message, why its dying? Why are there other trees in the town are dying too? Why is the town and its occupants are cursed?

The story is told from three different perspectives, Martin's, Hannah's and the Spirit Tree. Reading from the tree's perspective was extremely interesting, it gives insight to how a tree would view its surroundings and history. I really enjoyed that aspect a lot.

The perfect blend of relatable contemporary, supernatural elements, mystery and environmental awareness - an amazing middle grade book for all ages to read!

(I received this paperback from the publisher/tour host for an honest review.
My thoughts are my own.)




TOUR SCHEDULE
June 23rd
A Leisure Moment (www.aleisuremoment.com) | Excerpt
Mythical Books (http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/) | Highlight & Giveaway
Coffee Books & Art (http://sarityahalomi.blogspot.com/) | Highlight & Giveaway

June 24th
Literary Winner (http://literarywinner.com) | Review
Brooke Blogs  (http://www.brookeblogs.com) | Review
Because Reading is Better Than Real Life (www.becausereading.com) | Top Ten

June 25th
Bumbles and Fairy-Tales (http://bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com) | Review
Reading Tween (Http://readingtween.blogspot.com/) | Teaser
Book Lovers Life (http://bookloverslife.blogspot.ie/) | Highlight & Giveaway

June 26th
Platypire Reviews (platypire.com) | Review
The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia (http://hauntedorchid.blogspot.com) | Review
Curling Up With A Good Book (curling-up-with-a-good-book.blogspot.com) | Teaser

June 27th
Tanya's Book Nook (http://tanyasbooknook.blogspot.com) | Review
Hope To Read (http://hopetoread.com) | Excerpt
The Cover Contessa (http://www.thecovercontessa.com) | Interview



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Kell Andrews
Kell Andrews writes nonfiction for adults and fiction for children. A little bit of magic helps with both. Growing up, she spent a lot of time reading, writing, drawing, and looking for treasure in the woods and on the beach. She still does. Kell holds a humanities degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master of liberal arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong Philadelphian, she lives with her husband and two daughters in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, right next to a park a lot like the one in Deadwood.





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Cover Reveal: DIRE WOLVES CHRONICLES by Alyssa Rose Ivy (NA)



We have been dying to share the covers for Alyssa Rose Ivy's 
The Dire Wolves Chronicles: DIRE, DUSK, & DAWN!! 

The Dire Wolves Chronicles is a brand new New Adult paranormal romance series that you will want to add to your TBR pile ASAP! 

The covers are designed by Cover It Designs with photographs courtesy of CJC Photography.

 The Order of the books is: Dire, Dusk, Dawn,with DIRE 
publishing September 2014!!


DIRE
Dire Wolves Chronicles #1
by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Expected release date: September 2014
Published by: self-published
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Format: eBook




SUMMARY


Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn't my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend — 
at least not until the night that changed everything.

It was all Gage's fault. 
He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention.  

This other guy happens to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves.



MY THOUGHTS

Everything - the cover, summary - amazing!!!
I'm really looking forward to starting a new series by this author!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Alyssa Rose Ivy

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.        

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Waiting On Wednesday #89: SWEET UNREST by Lisa Maxwell (YA)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 

This is were we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)


What I'm waiting for...


by Lisa Maxwell
Expected release date: October 8th, 2014
Published by: Flux 
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback


SUMMARY

Lucy Aimes has always been practical. But try as she might, she can’t come up with a logical explanation for the recurring dreams that have always haunted her. Dark dreams. Dreams of a long-ago place filled with people she shouldn’t know…but does.

When her family moves to a New Orleans plantation, Lucy’s dreams become more intense, and her search for answers draws her reluctantly into the old city’s world of Voodoo and mysticism. There, Lucy finds Alex, a mysterious boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. Lucy knows Alex is hiding something, and her rational side doesn’t want to be drawn to him. But she is.

As she tries to uncover Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home, and Lucy finds herself ensnared in a century-old vendetta. With the lives of everyone she loves in danger, Lucy will have to unravel the mystery of her dreams before it all comes to a deadly finish.




Why I'm waiting on SWEET UNREST...

First, the cover is stunning!

Second... New Orleans! 
I love when books are set in Louisiana!

Next, voodoo!

Lastly... mysterious boy!!!

It's giving me a good Beautiful Creatures kind of vibe!
I've pre-ordered it! Cannot wait to read it in October!



What book(s) are you waiting for this week?!?!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Review: THE POUT-POUT FISH GOES TO SCHOOL by Deborah Diesen (C)


by Deborah Diesen
Illustrated by Dan Hanna
Release date: June 24th, 2014
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Macmillan)
Genre: Children (2yo+)
Format: Hardcover (Board/Picture Book)
Format read: ARC received from the publisher for an honest review.



SUMMARY


Turn little pouts into big smiles!

Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math — 
until he’s reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills,
in this new Pout-Pout Fish book from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.








OUR REVIEW

Pout-Pout Fish does it again, and now he's going to school! 
A funny little rhyming game that Mr. Fish plays with himself that encourages your child to discuss why they are hesitant about starting school. 

Mr. Fish is scared and worried he is not ready for school. He does not know where to go and finds himself in different classrooms trying different things, like writing and math, that he does not know how to do. This overwhelms him and he gets upset because he does not know how to do these things yet and he wants to leave school. 
His teacher finds him and explains that when you're a new fishie, you're not suppose to know these things yet. You start in a classroom that will help you and one day you will learn how to write, do math, and much more. Don't be discouraged, just try and you'll succeed. 

I have to admit, the beginning of the book felt a little discouraging. But, we must remember, Mr. Fish is a pouty fish that sees the negatives first and needs help seeing the positives to in order to turn his frowny face upside down! Like most little kids around the age 3-5, they want to do so much, but because they are so little, they get discouraged very easily and need all the guidance and support that they can get. Mr. Fish and his teacher are sure to give them a much needed boost in realizing that they're not alone and that they will get to where they want to.

Again, the illustrations are wonderfully done in a mystical underwater setting that is fun and relatable. Adorable as always! Looking forward to more books in the near future. 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Deborah Diesen

Deborah Diesen is the author of The Pout-Pout Fish, a rhyming children's picture book illustrated by Dan Hanna and published by Farrar Straus Giroux. Her book The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade was published by Tricycle Press. She lives in Michigan.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Review: SMILE, POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen (C)


SMILE, POUT-POUT FISH
by Deborah Diesen
Illustrated by Dan Hanna
Release date: January 7th, 2014 
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Macmillan)
Genre: Children (6mos+)
Format: Hardcover (Board/Picture Book)
Format read: Board book I purchased.



SUMMARY

No need to be worried! No need to be sad! Toddlers will love swimming along with the Pout-Pout Fish as he turns little frowns into big smiles.
 
Debbie Diesen and Dan Hanna's much loved Pout-Pout Fish comes flippering and swishing into the hearts and minds of very young children with this compact and comic new tale sure to delight.










BOOK TRAILER



OUR REVIEW

Adorable, short, sweet and little baby hands friendly! Pout-Pout Fish is a new favorite in this house!

My older boys, 8 and 10 years old, found Pout-Pout Fish to be quite amusing. They enjoyed the simple story and amazing illustrations. And the trailer, is quite catchy. They have been singing it non-stop for their baby brother for weeks now.
My youngest is almost 8 months old - the board book is small enough for him to sit with and easily flip the pages. He stares and giggles, especially when we read the one line sentences on each page with a funny voice to fit Mr. Fish's mood.

What I love most about Deborah Diesen's books is that they're so easy for small children to follow along and remember. After a few reads they're sure to memorize the story and can follow along by pointing to the words, helping them to learn how to read at an earlier age.
We also love Dan Hanna's whimsical pictures that fit the story perfectly without too much detail or overwhelming colors.

Remember, no matter what, you can always make a pouty face smile - especially with Mr. Fish around!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Deborah Diesen

Deborah Diesen is the author of The Pout-Pout Fish, a rhyming children's picture book illustrated by Dan Hanna and published by Farrar Straus Giroux. Her book The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade was published by Tricycle Press. She lives in Michigan.

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Indie Monday #4: STRONG AS DEATH: a love to live for by Julia Lund (YA)


Welcome to my new meme called INDIE MONDAYS!!!
A post dedicated to independent authors and their books!
Every week, every Monday, a new author will be featured...

If you are an independent Young Adult, Middle Grade, Children's or clean Adult author that would like to be featured, check out the details here and/or please fill out this form.


STRONG AS DEATH: a love to live for
by Julia Lund
Release date: February 17th, 2014
Published by: LyTe Books
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook



SUMMARY

Love of the forever kind; 
the kiss of life or the breath of death? 
To live for, or to die? 

You’re not supposed to think about dying when you’re seventeen, but when you've heard the darkness whisper your name, felt it brush your cheek, is there anything that can stop the shadows closing in? 

The first time Minnie Shilling sets eyes on Dylan Lachlan, time shifts and she falls heart and soul in love of the forever kind. But there’s someone else who wants Minnie. Thad, with his shape-shifting demons and his power over darkness, is building a kingdom from the light he steals from the souls of the dead. Only now their light is not enough. Now he wants their music too. And for that he needs an extraordinary soul, a soul he has listened for since eternity began, a soul who knows how to hear what Thad wants to steal. He needs Minnie’s soul. And he will move Hell to get what he wants. As Minnie faces Thad's darkness, which will turn out to be stronger? A love to live for? Or the tricks of the dark? 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Julia Lund


Cover Reveal: WATCH YOUR BACK by Tracy Bilen (YA)


by Tracy Bilen
Expected release date: April 2015
Published by: Tulip Romance (Spencer Hill Press)
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: 


SUMMARY

When sixteen-year-old Kate hears the boom that ends her parents’ life, she doesn’t even realize it has anything to do with her. Until the police arrive at her front door.

Sent to live with her aunt at a ski school in Vermont, Kate tries to adapt to her new life. But then Kate’s aunt is hit by a speeding car and a rogue FBI agent tries to force Kate into his car at gunpoint. She’s saved by Ryan, the risk-taking skier she’s only just met.

On the run, the two must unravel the truth about her parents’ murder in order to stop a terrorist plot and save their own lives.








MY THOUGHTS

A mystery at a skiing school?!
Yes, please!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Tracy Bilen

Tracy is a high school teacher in Michigan where she lives with her husband and children. She enjoys cross-country skiing and hiking.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #88: WINTERSPELL by Claire Legrand (YA)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 


This is were we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)


What I'm waiting for...


by Claire Legrand
Expected release date: September 30th, 2014
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Young Adult 
Format: Hardback, eBook



SUMMARY

The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . 
but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor's ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother's murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted - by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they're to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets--and a need she can't define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won't leave Cane unscathed--if she leaves at all.


Why I'm waiting on WINTERSPELL...

A new fairytale inspired by THE NUTCRACKER!!! 

Part fairytale, part historical fiction (?), non humans?!?!

Sounds like an amazing tale! Cannot wait to read this one!!!


What are you waiting for???

 
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